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[PRESS RELEASE] - Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is IDEX Consulting's Charity of the Year

03 Apr 2018

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) has been selected as IDEX Consulting’s Charity of the Year for 2018/19. CALM is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

IDEX has committed all of its annual fundraising efforts to help CALM increase awareness and supports more men who are down or in crisis as well as to campaign for cultural change to tackle outdated stereotypes of masculinity that prevent men seeking help.

Matt Green, CEO at IDEX, said: “Sadly, I have personal experience of the impact of suicide, so the work CALM do is very close to my heart. Mental Health is generally now far higher on the radar and no longer taboo, which is great. However, the style of support does not often engage with men and CALM provide a solution for this. We will be doing a number of fundraising events throughout 2018/19 ranging from Comedy Nights through to a 220-mile bike ride (in one day), so we hope to raise a significant amount of money for CALM. Whilst the charity is focused on male suicide, it benefits all through prevention, meaning we might not lose mates, sons, dads, brothers in such a tragic way.” 

Anna Jones, Fundraising Director at CALM said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as IDEX Consulting’s Charity of the Year. The partnership will have a huge impact for CALM, enabling us to support more men who are in a crisis and are afraid to seek help due to cultural stereotypes of men. We have already received a great response from employees willing to fundraise for us and we can’t wait for the partnership to start".

CALM’s research shows that whilst 67% of females tell someone about going through depression, only 55% of males do the same. The result? Men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives, and 12 men on average die by suicide every day.

CALM provides:

  • A free helpline 0800 585858 and webchat (5pm – midnight daily), which are accredited, anonymous and staffed by trained professionals
  • TheCALMzone.net, CALM’s website, hosting inspiring content written by men for men alongside information and support
  • The CALMzine, a free quarterly men’s lifestyle magazine to entertain, inform and inspire young men
  • Successful campaigns tackling stereotypes of masculinity and mental health, including #BiggerIssues and #ManDictionary
  • Bereavement support through the Support After Suicide Partnership, hosted by CALM

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

IDEX Consulting 

IDEX Consulting is talent attraction and development consultancy who specialise within Insurance, Financial Services, and Legal markets. An innovative and independent consultancy, IDEX prides itself in offering talented individuals advice on securing their next career move, and assist businesses with their attraction and development of talent. You learn more about IDEX by visiting www.idexconsulting.com

Calm Against Living Miserably (CALM)

  • Founded in 2006, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. For more information visit https://www.thecalmzone.net
  • In 2015, 75% of all suicides in the UK were male. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under-45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS, 2015).
  • CALM’s helpline & webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight https://www.thecalmzone.net/get-help/
  • CALM is a charity registered in England and Wales (1110621) and in Scotland (SC044347)



For more press information or opportunities please contact:

Mica Warner – Marketing Executive 
Tel: 0333 700 4339
Email: mica.warner@idexconsulting.com

Neil Wood – Communications Officer 
Tel: 07738 160 434
Email: neilwood@thecalmzone.net

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